Thursday, November 20, 2014

Review of Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

Cat's Cradle
by Kurt Vonnegut
191 Pages
Age Range: 14+
Grade Level: 9th Grade
Publisher: Dell Publishing Group

I don't know how to summarize this, so this is the synopsis on the back of the book:
An apocalyptic tale of this planet's ultimate fate, it features a midget as the protagonist; a complete, original theology created by a calypso singer; and a vision of the future that is at once blackly fatalistic and hilariously funny.

The Short:

I really liked this book. I'm not trying to say that it was the most plot-heavy book, or one with the best characters, but it was very funny. Vonnegut was an author who could make a dead man laugh. His humor was the reason that I liked this book.

The Good:

  • The commentary that the narrator made was fantastic. He was very deadpan in his humor, and I loved it. He was so matter-of-fact about his comments, and it got to the point where you couldn't help but laugh at the ridiculous things he would say.
  • You really could tell where Vonnegut was just making fun of everything and everyone. He spared no groups or feelings when constructing this book, and I really appreciated that.
  • This book was short. I would have absolutely hated it if it was stretched out at all because of the lack of plot, but since it was only about 200 pages, the minimal story was tolerable. 
  • The aspect of the religion was fantastic. It was obvious that Vonnegut was satirizing the idea that religion is believed no matter what; even if it was told that it was just a bunch of lies. 
The Bad:
  • Nothing happened in this book until the last 30-ish pages. I really liked it for the reasons stated above, but the plot had zero effect on me.
  • The characters were all very funny, but very flat. They didn't change or grow at all, but instead stayed exactly the same as they were throughout the story. Vonnegut could have been hinting that no matter what people don't change, but still. 
The Rating:


The Content:
The Language: This is an adult book, so lots of foul language.
The Drugs: Some alcohol. I don't really know how much drugs.
The Sex: Talk of sex. Lots of talk of sex. Nothing too descriptive.
The Violence: This was a pretty violent book. Like if you're at all squeamish, find another book. 

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